Developing Story: Man in Custody Regarding Adam Johnson’s Tragic Skating Death

South Yorkshire police in England have reported that a man has been taken into custody in relation to the skating death of Adam Johnson.

Johnson was a professional hockey player born in the United States. He passed away after opponent player Matt Petgrave’s skate cut his throat. The man under arrest’s identify is not disclosed in the police news release dated November 14, 2023.

The moment Johnson sustained the ultimately fatal injury on the ice is captured on camera. The Nottingham Panthers, Johnson’s team, said in a previous statement that he had a “freak accident” during a game in England where a skate blade wounded his neck.

Here’s what you need to know:

“Officers investigating the death of Nottingham Panthers player Adam Johnson have made an arrest,” the police news release says.

“Detectives have today (Tuesday 14 November) arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter. He remains in police custody at this time.”

On Saturday, October 28, 2023, Adam Johnson, aged 29, “was seriously injured during a game between Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers and was sadly later pronounced deceased in hospital. A post-mortem examination confirmed he died as a result of a fatal neck injury,” police wrote.

“Adam’s family is being supported through the investigation by our officers. They have asked for their privacy to be respected at this incredibly difficult time,” they wrote.

However, again, police have not said whether the man under arrest is Petgrave.

Detective Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall said in the news release: “Our investigation launched immediately following this tragedy and we have been carrying out extensive enquiries ever since to piece together the events which led to the loss of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances.

“We have been speaking to highly specialised experts in their field to assist in our enquiries and continue to work closely with the health and safety department at Sheffield City Council, which is supporting our ongoing investigation,” he said.

“Adam’s death has sent shockwaves through many communities, from our local residents here in Sheffield to ice hockey fans across the world. We know these communities will expect us to handle this investigation with the same professionalism, fairness and sensitivity as any other and request that members of the public refrain from comment and speculation which could hinder this process. Our thoughts remain with all affected by this devastating incident as enquiries continue.”

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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